Change the Word: Can you please tell us a little bit about Lowcountry Bordello?
Susan M. Boyer: Sure… It’s almost Christmas, and Liz Talbot’s wedding is fast approaching. The last thing she needs is a new case. But when one of her closest friends—one of her bridesmaids—discovers a body in a historic Charleston home, Liz has to help.
CTW: What has been your favorite part about writing this series?
SMB: I love revisiting these characters. They’re like old friends. Also, I love Charleston and the area. We lived there once, and I love the excuse to visit often for research.
SMB: Finding the time to do everything. I’m having trouble finding my balance between my writing, promotion, and my family. I can’t say I’ve overcome it. Each day is a new challenge. I just do the best I can every day and try not to stress too much.
CTW: How do you create and solve the mysteries in your series?
SMB: Wow. I have no idea. The ideas come to me bits at a time. I start with a single idea, mull it a while, and it starts to blossom. I usually start with the crime—who did what to who and why. Then I work through to see how my detective could solve the case.
CTW: What kind of research went into telling this story?
SMB: Ha! Well, I didn’t visit any bordellos, I promise! Mostly this one involved research on specific places in Charleston—inns, restaurants, etc.
CTW: This story takes place during the holidays--what is your favorite holiday tradition?
SMB: I love everything about Christmas. My favorite part is time spent with family. We have a very large family, so this involves several parties. I love them all.
CTW: If you could have dinner with any three authors (living or departed), who would you invite and why?
SMB: This is so hard! I can think of a hundred. I only get three? I’m going fudge a bit and say I love having dinner with the other Henery Press authors, and would do this any day had the chance. It’s a fun group, and also it’s great to share ideas.
CTW: What is the best piece of writing advice you have ever received?
SMB: Keep the other cooks out of your soup. For a while I was a bit of a feedback junkie, taking to heart everything anyone said. While I do think critique groups are great, you have to learn to filter. If you hear something once, you have to really weigh it to see if it resonates with you. If you hear something ten times, that’s a whole nother story.
CTW: What are three of your favorite mysteries from other authors?
SMB: I love Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series. I’m reading X right now. I love everything Charlaine Harris writes. My favorite of hers…that’s tough. I love her new Midnight, Texas series. And I’m a big Harlan Coben fan. My favorite is the one I’m reading at any given moment, but I did particularly like Tell No One.
CTW: What's up next for you and Liz Talbot?
SMB: Lowcountry Book Club comes out in April of 2016.
About the Book
The Charleston streets are dressed for the holidays in sophisticated Southern style: topiaries adorned with red ribbons, garland entwined with white lights, and poinsettias potted in gold planters. The high class bordello in a stately historic home is certainly no exception. When Private Investigator Liz Talbot’s dear friend Olivia swears she saw a dead body in the parlor of this bordello, one Olivia accidentally co-owns, Liz promptly comes to her aid.
With her wedding back home on Stella Maris less than a week away, Liz must juggle one elderly madam, two ex and future in-laws, three ghosts in the bordello, four giddy bridesmaids, five lovely courtesans, six suspicious patrons…and a partridge in a pear tree as she tries to keep her bridesmaid out of jail and live to walk down the aisle.
Related subjects include: women sleuths, private investigator mystery series, murder mysteries, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), book club recommendations, Southern fiction, Southern humor, Southern living.
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Susan lives in Greenville, SC, with her husband and an inordinate number of houseplants.
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